Wonders Broadband

| Monday, February 7, 2011
By Ashish Gupta

If you were among the first users of an internet connection in the 90s, you'll definitely remember the dial up modem. The sound of a modem trying to connect to a phone probably rings in your ears at the very thought of it. The very act of connecting to the Internet used to be such a difficult task.

One would probably try at least five to ten times before you could connect to the Internet. Even after logging in, you could even go and make a cup of tea before a web page could load. And even if the connection speed was decent, just one phone call could cause you to be disconnected from the internet.

But who would have thought then that connecting to the internet would become as simple as just turning on the computer or hand held device! With the introduction of Broadband internet, it has become so simple to connect to the internet.

Broadband Internet access, which can be called just "broadband" is a high rate of Internet connection. Typical dial-up modems have been confined to a bit rate of use 56kbit/sec and need a phone line. Broadband technology in comparison can deliver two times the speed of dial-up and has no connection with the telephone lines.

With regards to telecommunications, Broadband refers to a method of signaling that handles or includes a relatively wide range of frequencies. These frequencies may be divided into channels or frequency bins. The term is always relative and is generally understood according to its context. The capacity of a broadband channel to carry information depends on the width of the bandwidth.

ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) and cable internet are the standard technology used by broadband. There are new technologies, including VDSL (Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line) and pushing fiber optic connections to subscribers of cable systems and telephone.

Fiber optic communication is a key player in enabling access to broadband Internet. This makes the information transfer over long distances more cost effective than copper wire technology.

In areas where broadband cable or DSL is not in use, Wi-Fi is installed for community use. A number of municipalities have established municipal Wi-Fi networks to serve the entire city. Wi-Fi is used on a smaller scale to provide Internet access in offices and even for personal use at home.

Mobile broadband has become more and more popular with the massive inflow of Smartphones into the market. Since most of these smartphones are Wi-Fi enabled, a number of public places like shopping malls allow their customers to access their networks. Cafes and restaurants also offer Wi-Fi at a certain price or for free to its customers.

There are many providers that offer very good plans broadband package. These plans may be based on download limits and speed on offer.

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